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Thursday, 30 August, 2001, 15:26 GMT 16:26 UK
Theakston and Richardson split up
Jamie Theakston and Joely Richardson
The couple have been a fixture on the party circuit
TV presenter Jamie Theakston and actress Joely Richardson have split up, her spokeswoman confirmed on Thursday.

The news comes in the same week that Theakston spoke of his love for the actress in the magazine Heat.

Asked if Richardson was the love of his life, Theakston replied: "She is - we're both very happy."

Jamie Theakston
Theakston: Working on a new travel show
The pair met last year after being introduced by a mutual friend and the couple became something of a fixture on the celebrity party circuit.

Rumours

In July Richardson, 36, was granted a divorce from husband Tim Bevan, the father of her nine-year-old daughter Daisy.

Following the divorce, there were rumours that Theakston and Richardson would soon marry.

But a spokeswoman for Richardson, daughter of Vanessa Redgrave, has now confirmed that the couple had decided to go their separate ways.

"I can confirm that Joely and Jamie have split up.

Film scripts

"It happened a few weeks ago but they remain good friends," she said.

Joely Richardson
Richardson: Putting the relationship behind her
Richardson recently completed a run on Broadway in the play Madame Melville opposite Macauley Culkin, and has since headed to France with friends where she is said to be considering a number of film scripts.

Top Of The Pops presenter Theakston is currently working on a new travel show for the BBC, after finishing work on the latest series of Channel 4's The Priory.

Despite his admissions in the magazine Heat this week, it is reported that the separation actually happened several weeks ago.

Richardson, who starred in the British hit Maybe Baby, has just completed filming The Affair Of The Necklace, in which she plays the role of Marie Antoinette.

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